Student Spotlight: Medical Biology Major Rachel Rubenzahl

November, 2022

Rachel Rubenzahl

Sophomore Rachel Rubenzahl is working toward earning her medical biology degree — one of the Schmidt College of Science’s newest degree programs. While Rubenzahl intends to pursue medical research in the future, and finds neurological medical research particularly fascinating, she was attracted to the program because it offers numerous opportunities.

“I chose to major in medical biology because of the coursework it included,” Rubenzahl explained. “This degree will prepare me for my future ambitions as they stand, but it also allows me flexibility. A Ph.D. or M.D. are both natural paths with this major.”

Students enrolled in FAU’s Bachelor of Science in Medical Biology program will benefit from a challenging, highly-structured course plan designed to fulfill the prerequisites of medically-focused programs through pre-selected core and elective courses that will prepare students for professional entrance exams. In addition to the robust coursework, students will have the opportunity to actively participate in all phases of research alongside world-class researchers in the areas of biology, chemistry, neuroscience and biomedical science.

An active member in both the National Society of Leadership and Success and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Rubenzahl was also recently named a Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Schmidt College of Science Soar-in-4 Scholar.

“I am new to the Soar-in-4 Scholar program, but so far the faculty involved seem eager to help me succeed and are forthcoming with their support,” she said. “This program has helped me connect with other students, faculty and administration that I otherwise would not have met.”

As the year progresses, Rubenzahl said that she is looking forward to contributing more to FAU’s research efforts. “I have especially enjoyed my chemistry classes and professors, as well as learning about their research. My current chemistry professor is Dr. Alberto Haces, and his work in biochemistry is compelling.”

Rubenzahl anticipates that she will graduate in Spring 2025.

Learn more about the College’s Bachelor of Science in Medical Biology degree program.